Let’s discuss sampling and how you can use it to create your own unique sound.
How to record audio into Ableton Live.
The sampling process can often be streamlined using MIDI to send notes to our hardware.
Let’s explore outside of the box thinking when it comes to sampling.
Ableton’s resampling function is a useful tool that allows us to capture all audio currently playing.
Now that we have some samples recorded let’s clean them up and add effects.
Simpler is a powerful sampling instrument that can make use of Live’s Warping Engine.
Let’s dive into the ins and outs of using Simpler.
When creating melodic instruments, it is important to make sure your samples are properly tuned.
Sampler is Live’s deepest sampling instrument with the ability to use multiple samples.
In this video I demonstrate how to incorporate more than one sample in our Sampler instrument.
How to properly tune our samples in Live’s flagship sampler.
Sampler allows different samples to be played on different ranges of keys on your keyboard.
Different samples can be triggered depending on the velocity of incoming notes.
One of the strengths of Sampler is that we can set up different chains of samples that each playback different samples.
Sampler has powerful modulation capabilities that can be used to drastically alter the sound of our instrument.
Drum Racks can be a powerful sampling tool that excels in certain situations.
We can adjust the way Drum Racks deal with samples when they are dropped onto a Drum Rack Cell.
Learn to use Drum Racks for sounds that are not just drums.
More than one sample and up to 128 samples can be dropped on each Cell of a Drum Rack.
One of the strengths of Drum Racks are its deep and flexible routing system.
Let’s examine our options for creating Audio and MIDI FX.
We explore the capabilities of Audio Effect Racks.
In this video we cover our options with MIDI Effect Racks.
The capabilities of Instrument Racks are described.
Instrument Racks allow us to stack up to 128 different instruments together.
Let’s explore how we can create a Macro Knob to cycle through up to 128 drum samples on a single Drum Rack Cell.
This video demonstrates how we can use a Macro Knob to choose between up to 128 different instruments.
Sampler can be used in some very experimental ways to create sounds entirely different from our original samples.
This video explores exciting ways we can use Simpler’s Slicing Mode to create evolving sounds and textures.
ow that we have created our own instruments, let’s cover the ways to organize them.
In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.
AfroDJMac starts with an explanation of sampling and how to record audio in Ableton Live, and then demonstrates how you can streamline the sampling process by sending MIDI notes to your hardware to trigger them automatically. That leads to a discussion on how to think outside of the box when sampling.
Next, AfroDJMac dives into Live’s resampling function, and how you can use it to capture audio during playback. Once the samples are recorded, the next step is to process those samples by cleaning them up and adding effects. AfroDJMac also describes when you might want to use Simpler, the more basic sampler in Ableton Live.
Moving on, you’ll explore when to use Sampler, Ableton Live’s deep and powerful sampler, and how to work with multiple samples within it. Sampler Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, the Sample Chain selector, and modulation are then all explained and explored, showing you how to make samples that are unique and stand out.
AfroDJMac now turns to the Drum Rack, revealing how it can be used for non-drum sounds, and how to layer non-drum samples in the Cells of a Drum Rack. Routing in Drum Racks is also demonstrated for even more creative control and options.
Then it’s time to delve into the other kinds of Racks in Ableton Live, such as Audio Effects Racks, MIDI Effects Racks, and Instrument Racks, and how each enables further sound design and exploration.
AfroDJMac now talks about the experimental options available, such as how you can stack up to 128 different instruments together, and create Macro knobs to cycle through drum cells or choose between instruments.
Crazy sound design options with Sampler and Simpler’s Slicing mode wrap it up, followed by how to organize your presets for easy management.
If you’re new to Ableton Live and sampling, or an experienced user who wants to get more deep into sound creation, don’t miss “Creative Racks and Sampling in Live”!
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